Pakistan offers joint probe into recent terror attacks in Afghanistan


Shedding light on the meeting, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif had stressed the need to resolve Pak-Afghan issues bilaterally and said Pakistan "stands with its Afghan brothers in this hour of grief", referring to the recent spate of bomb-and-gun attacks in Kabul over the past month which have claimed almost 200 lives.

More than 100 people, mostly civilians, had been killed and more than 200 others injured in deadly terrorist attacks in the capital city of Kabul and the eastern Jalalabad city recently.

US Vice President Mike Pence told Ghani in a telephone call on Friday that the attacks "highlight the barbarity and cowardice of the insurgency, and strengthen America's resolve to support Afghanistan" and its government, the White House said.

"We have made clear to the Pakistani government our expectations for them to take action against terrorists that are in sanctuaries in Pakistan, to reduce the pressure and the threat of violence in Afghanistan", he said.

A high-level Afghan delegation visited Pakistan earlier this week to discuss important issues of mutual interest.

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Kabul also accused Islamabad of harboring the Taliban, who are allegedly being trained in Islamic seminaries in southwestern Pakistan.

Being victims of terrorism, the people of Pakistan fully understood the pain and anguish of the Afghans, said the committee, which reviewed the security situation in the region.

Afghan and U.S. officials say the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated with the Taliban and believed to be based in Pakistan, was responsible.

Pakistan has urged Afghanistan that instead of indulging in blame game both the countries should engage in concrete cooperation. Looking beyond the immediate aftermath of what happened, a glimmer of hope has appeared on the horizon in the form of the Tashkent Conference that's prospectively slated to take place in March to revive the Afghan peace process.